Henry Chadwick Archives

The archival material on this page represents items of a personal nature from the life of Henry Chadwick (1824-1908). Chadwick wrote prolifically about baseball from its earliest years in the mid 1800s.

Most of his baseball writings were bequeathed to Albert Spalding who gave them as part of his sports collection to the New York Public Library. The remaining poetry, writing and memorabilia were inherited by his wife Jane Botts Chadwick, then his granddaughter, and finally his great great granddaughter. The family sold the material to a private individual in 2002 as a single collection intended for museum display. The collector gave a photocopy of each item to the family and it is these copies which comprise the archive.

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Chadwick waxed poetic in a heartfelt manner, marking holidays and birthdays. Most of the poems are written by Chadwick to his wife Jane and span the years 1851 to 1905.


Twenty three letters span one hundred years, 1810 to 1910. They include a note from Henry's mother to him when he was 12 and a letter from Albert Spalding marking Chadwick's death in April 1908.


Dozens of photos include pictures of Henry Chadwick, his parents, his wife, children and grandchildren. A number of photos were gifts from Henry to family members.


Memorabilia from Henry's life in the New York metropolitan area and in Sag Harbor, New York. Included is one intriguing item in his handwriting: a two page biographical note. Was this written perhaps to provide an introduction for a ceremony or a book?

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